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Captain William T. Paxton, an F-18 pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251, was awarded the Bronze Star medal with a combat distinguishing device during an award ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, May 5. While serving with 2nd Battalion 8th Marines as the forward air controller, Paxton spent five hours calling in accurate air strikes on enemy targets, allowing his small command element to escape and evacuate an injured Marine.
140505-M-RT263-001.JPG Photo By: Cpl. Brendan Roethel

May 8, 2014
Beaufort, S.C. - Captain William T. Paxton, an F-18 pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251, was awarded the Bronze Star medal with a combat distinguishing device during an award ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, May 5. While serving with 2nd Battalion 8th Marines as the forward air controller, Paxton spent five hours calling in accurate air strikes on enemy targets, allowing his small command element to escape and evacuate an injured Marine.


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